Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of any democracy. Elections give citizens a voice in their government in the most fundamental way: by deciding who governs. Elections USA: In Brief Series examines the 2016 elections in a question-and-answer format. It gives readers an overview of the principles and practices of the U.S. election process, including the roles played by political parties, the Electoral College and political action committees. This revised edition also discusses the legislative and administrative reforms changing how political campaigns are financed, who is eligible to vote, and how Americans vote. Though the American system of elections can appear complicated, it ensures that voters have a voice at all levels of government.